P.M. News (Lagos)

23 May 2002

Nigeria: Council Boss Accuses Governor of Chasing His Wife

Enugu — The rift between the Ebonyi State Governor, Dr. Sam Egwu and the embattled Chairman, Ebonyi Local Government Council, Chief Sunday Adol-Awam, has taken a turn for the worst with the local government boss accusing the governor of having an affair with his wife.

Addressing journalists in Enugu, Chief Adol-Awam, who was purportedly impeached by the councillors of his local government last year, explained that he incurred the wrath of Governor Egwu when he appealed to the governor to stop inviting his wife to the Government House, Abakaliki at odd hours of the night to ostensibly discuss pressing office matters.

He said his wife was a senior registrar in the state Ministry of Justice before he assumed office as the council boss. She later left the job to become the Chairlady, Ebonyi Local Government Area.

The council boss insisted that his purported impeachment by his councillors stemmed from his refusal to allow his wife to make her nocturnally visits to Government House, Abakaliki at the instance of Governor Egwu.

"When the visits became very common and my wife was complaining, I had to confront him (Egwu). I told him this late night job my wife used to do in the office is affecting our family life", the council boss said.

Chief Adol-Awam stated further that Governor Egwu asked him to choose between his work and his wife.The council boss said two weeks after his encounter with the Governor, Egwu set up a panel to probe the activities of his local government, particularly his role in the construction of a multi-million naira Abakpa Market located in the council area.

The panel indicted him of embezzling about N8 million, following which he was impeached by his councillors.But the council boss alleged that the impeachment was unfounded, adding that it was a creation of the governor to punish him for his refusal to allow his wife keep late night appointments at the Government House.

Last week, the councillors passed a resolution reinstating Chief Adol-Awam into office, but the state House of Assembly said the council boss remained suspended.

When P.M.News tried to speak with the governor on his alleged romance with the wife of the council boss, his aides said he was in a meeting.

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